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Poster: billydlions Date: May 10, 2009 8:11am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Last nights set list begs the question.....

Why did it take Garcia's death to finally shake up the set lists that had grown stale for so many years?

The last year of creative setlists were 1976. Once 1977 came around songs had there spot and rarely changed. 1978 was perhaps the worst year for this problem. Yet when the band did get creative, the results were often a great show (think 6-17-91 opening with Eyes, or 9-21-82 Playin' in to Crazy Fingers.)

I'm curious as to whether most here blame Garcia for this? That would be the logical conclusion given the sets that we have seen this year. Perhaps Jerry didn't like to look back and the drugs that at one time had opened his mind now had the opposite effect of closing it. Or could this be Phil's influence (I'm betting last night was his turn for the set list).

Regardless, I'm stuck here looking at the show thinking if only they would have embraced their past back in 1987......We can all dream.

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Poster: Styrofoam Cueball Date: May 10, 2009 9:08am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Last nights set list begs the question.....

I've been thinking about this too. I always thought the whole band was unwilling to widen the set lists and re-visit older songs, but now I wonder if it really WASN'T Jer. He could be intimidating, in his own way, and if someone suggested "Hey, let's break out "Viola Lee?" and he said "nah," that would've been the end of it, IMO. I don't know if that's how it was, but these new, incredibly varied setlists make me wonder...

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Poster: lobster12 Date: May 10, 2009 11:44am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Last nights set list begs the question.....

Along the lines of Cosmic Charlie, I heard at interview form 1993 with jerry and Phil saying the reason they bailed on Comes A time was because the intro got to be too difficult to play.

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Poster: skuzzlebutt Date: May 11, 2009 9:37am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Last nights set list begs the question.....

Translation: Jerry isn't up to it anymore. I mean, they'd been playiong that tune forever...it was fine in '77 and fine in '87 and all of a sudden in '93 it's "too hard"? Please.

Considering the train wreck version of "Wharf Rat" at Giant Stadium in '95, "Comes A Time" wasn't the only tune that had gotten "too hard" (and please, folks, no lectures about how he was doing something new/cool/different...I don't go to that school).

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Poster: Yankee9 Date: May 10, 2009 9:12am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Last nights set list begs the question.....

The one thing that I have heard several times is that Jerry basically refused to play Cosmic Charlie because he felt that the chords and the chord changes were a pain in the ass to play...........

This post was modified by Yankee9 on 2009-05-10 16:12:13



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Poster: podsix Date: May 11, 2009 3:15pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Last nights set list begs the question.....

It was like you guys were reading my mind. Nothing will waver my admiration for Jerry, but regardless, the question did beg. Well put, thanks.